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We want to build a world where children living in poverty can create better futures for themselves and their families. Read our stories to find out how the programmes we fund help create more opportunities for children around the world.

March 18, 2013
Making grants to 20 partners, including six new partners, the IKEA Foundation is now the biggest global corporate donor to UNICEF, UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency), the United Nations Development Programme, Save the Children and Fight for Peace International. Here are more of the highlights from the Foundation’s 2012 annual review , launched today: 74... Read more
February 12, 2013
For millions of children in Pakistan, the thought of going to school is an impossible dream. Instead, they work in fields or at home to help their families earn an income. Not only does this mean that they’re likely to be stuck in a lifelong cycle of poverty, but it leaves children—particularly girls—vulnerable to abuse... Read more
January 26, 2013
The 2012 Soft Toys for Education campaign numbers are in – and, thanks to IKEA’s co-workers and customers, the IKEA Foundation will donate €9.3 million to UNICEF and Save the Children! The annual IKEA Soft Toys for Education campaign ran from November to December 2012 in all IKEA stores around the world. For each soft... Read more
December 4, 2012
Books. Pencils. Notepads. These might be on any child’s list of necessary back-to-school items. But what about having teachers who know how to teach and how to inspire? What about having parents who encourage their children to go to school in the first place? What about making sure children feel safe and supported in school?... Read more
November 5, 2012
The IKEA Foundation is providing scholarships totaling nearly €7 million to help 840 girls and young women in Asia receive a quality education they otherwise could not afford. The donations to two partners – the Lila Poonawalla Foundation and the Asian University for Women – will help young scholars create more opportunities to lift themselves... Read more
September 16, 2012
Expanding its work significantly, the IKEA Foundation announces €31 million in funding for USA and UK-based nonprofits helping children in developing countries. “Our ambition at the IKEA Foundation is to help improve the lives of children and youth in the developing world,” explains Per Heggenes, CEO of the IKEA Foundation. “Our commitments so far will... Read more
August 8, 2012
Since 2008, the IKEA Foundation has funded an ambitious project to increase the survival rates of children with cancer in Vietnam by 45% over the long term. The Lund Vietnam Childhood Cancer Programme brings together Swedish experts in childhood cancer and medical staff from Vietnam in a joint effort to improve the quality of diagnosis,... Read more
June 20, 2012
Every year millions of children and their families are forced to flee their homes because of famine, war or persecution, and when they do it is often UNHCR that offers their first hope of safety. At any given time, UNHCR has the capacity to respond to a new emergency, assisting up to 600,000 people, within... Read more
March 1, 2012
Per Heggenes, Chief Executive Officer of the IKEA Foundation, visits the world’s largest refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya, and shows how a $62 million gift to the United Nations’ refugee agency will help children there survive. “A refugee camp in Dadaab in Kenya is not what you would normally associate with IKEA,” Per says, “but... Read more
February 16, 2012
The IKEA Foundation is joining a global movement using stories, videos and social media to lead the fight to empower women and girls in developing countries. The Foundation has awarded a €700,000 (1million USD) grant to Half the Sky Movement, supporting an innovative effort to inspire people all over the world to join the fight... Read more
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